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LeGarrette Blount returns to Patriots

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LeGarrette Blount will re-sign with the New England Patriots less than 24 hours after being cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Blount spent the 2013 season with the Patriots, carrying the ball 153 times for 772 yards and seven touchdowns. With the way rookie running back Jonas Gray ran against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, Blount is likely more of a depth signing for New England who will mix in with a handful of touches per game.

One of Blount’s best games as a pro came in the opening round of the playoffs last season, when he gashed the Colts for 166 yards and four touchdowns.

The Steelers decided to part ways with Blount after he left the field before the conclusion of their win over the Tennessee Titans on Monday. Center Maurkice Pouncey later called the decision to cut Pouncey a “blessing in disguise” and said the Steelers don’t need him.

Blount isn’t going to be the feature guy in New England, but he would obviously rather play for Bill Belichick.

LeGarrette Blount released by Steelers

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After the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Tennessee Titans on Monday night, a report surfaced indicating that some of the Steelers players wanted LeGarrette Blount to be released because of his poor attitude. They have already gotten their wish.

The Steelers waived Blount on Tuesday.

As you might expect, the Steelers were not pleased with Blount’s decision to leave the field before the conclusion of Monday night’s game. The veteran running back was reportedly upset after he did not touch the ball once.

Blount’s frustration was completely self-serving, as Le’Veon Bell rushed 33 times for 204 yards and a touchdown. No team would take the ball out of the hands of a player who was running like Bell ran against Tennessee, but Blount obviously didn’t care about the team.

As LB noted, Blount has been described as an “internal problem” for the Steelers for at least a month. He is close friends with Bell and even got arrested with him for weed possession over the summer, but their friendship wasn’t enough to keep Blount content.

Report: Steelers players want LeGarrette Blount released because of bad attitude

LeGarrette Blount LeVeon Bell

Some Steelers players want LeGarrette Blount released because of his poor attitude, according to a report.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Blount left the field before the conclusion of Monday night’s Steelers-Titans game because he was apparently upset over his lack of carries.

Blount did not carry the ball once in the Steelers’ 27-24 win, while teammate Le’Veon Bell rushed 33 times for 204 yards and a touchdown. Blount has 65 carries for 266 yards and two touchdowns on the season. He has not carried the ball more than 10 times in a game all season, and he has had eight or fewer carries in eight of the team’s 10 games. Against the Jets in Week 10, he had just five carries for no yards.

Blount and Bell are extremely close and were even arrested together for weed possession back in August. Despite their friendship, the Post-Gazette says sources believe Blount is dragging down Bell. Blount has also been described as an “internal problem” for at least a month.

Blount dropped in the draft because of obvious character concerns from his college days at Oregon, where he once punched an opposing player. Blount spent his first three seasons with the Buccaneers, last season with the Pats, and this is his first season with the Steelers.

Oh, and on a side note, remember what Bell said to police during the aforementioned arrest? Yeah, that was pretty funny.

Steelers call Terrell Suggs ‘dirty’ for hit on LeGarrette Blount

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As you might expect, the Pittsburgh Steelers are not happy about the tackle Terrell Suggs made on LeGarrette Blount in the second half of Sunday night’s game.

After Blount was stood up by several Baltimore Ravens players, Suggs came in and dove at the running back’s legs. You can watch the play here and decide for yourself if you thought it was dirty.

The Steelers certainly felt Suggs delivered a cheap shot.

“I don’t know what [Suggs] was doing,” Blount said after Pittsburgh’s 43-23 win, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I don’t know what he was thinking. He’s known to be a dirty player. As long as he does that he’s going to continue to have people come after him and do whatever we did to get in his head.”

Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert agreed, adding that the Ravens are “a bunch of trash talkers.”

“He should be getting a FedEx (fine) in the mail,” Gilbert said. “If he doesn’t, I’ll be very surprised and very disappointed. You don’t play football like that, especially when the play is already over. You don’t go back at a guy’s knees.”

Suggs was flagged for unnecessary roughness. Blount was basically being driven back at the time Suggs decided to come in and hit him. Not surprisingly, Suggs didn’t think he did anything wrong.

“I assessed the play,” he said. “That was the only way I could get him down without him gaining more yards. I wasn’t trying to get him hurt. I was just trying to get the big guy down. Whatever.”

The Steelers and Ravens hate each other. Suggs has said in the past that nothing gets him going quite like playing Pittsburgh, so we’re not surprised he was the one to dump more fuel on the fire.

Terrell Suggs with dirty hit on LeGarrette Blount (Video)

Terrell Suggs pulled a dirty stunt during Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Ravens.

On the first play of the Steelers’ second drive of the third quarter, LeGarrette Blount took a handoff and went six yards up the middle. As he was being held up by a few members of Baltimore’s defense, Suggs decided to charge forward and hit Blount in the back of the body.

It was a total cheap shot by Suggs and he was rightfully penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.

Was Suggs frustrated that his team was down 22-10? Probably. But let’s also remember that this is the Steelers-Ravens rivalry game, and nothing gets Suggs more fired up than that. Still, no excuse for the dirty hit.

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Look at how he went low to the back of the knees. He should be fined for that.

Steelers RBs LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell arrested together for weed

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LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell are such good teammates they even get arrested together.

Blount, who was signed in the offseason by the Steelers, and Bell, who was a second-round pick of the team in 2013, were stopped after a cop on a motorcycle smelled weed coming from their car.

The officer found a 20-gram bag of marijuana in the car. Both players were charged with misdemeanor possession, while Bell was also charged with DUI.

Last week, Bell talked about his close relationship with Blount. The two were described as “virtually inseparable” during training camp.

“I’m a guy who likes being around that type of personality. I’m an emotional guy, too,” Bell told Pittsburgh reproter Dejan Kovasevic. “It’s kind of crazy, but from the first day he got here, we just kind of jelled. We’re kind of the same. We’re both outgoing. We both joke a lot. And he’s really emotional about the game, same way I am. I’m telling you, man, I’m glad he’s here.”

He omitted the part about them being smoking buddies, too.

Richard Sherman, LeGarrette Blount go at it on Twitter over league’s best CB

Richard-Sherman-interviewRichard Sherman will not be satisfied until every human being on earth thinks he is the best cornerback in the NFL. That determination is what makes him an All-Pro, but unfortunately he is never going to get his way. There will always be people like former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount who have their own opinion.

Earlier this week, Blount congratulated Aqib Talib on signing a monster contract with the Denver Broncos. In doing so, Blount tweeted that Talib deserved ever penny because he is the best defensive back in the league. Of course, Sherman couldn’t let that go. The debate took off from there.

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LeGarrette Blount knocks out Peyton Manning in hilarious GIF

LeGarrette-Blount-punches-out-Peyton-ManningNew England Patriots running LeGarrette Blount has been a major story heading into the AFC Championship, as the power runner rushed for 166 yards and a whopping four touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts last weekend. He also carved up the Buffalo Bills for 189 yards and two scores in Week 17.

Those were breakout performances for Blount, but many of you already knew all about him from that infamous incident where the former Oregon back punched Boise State’s Byron Hout after a game in college. Earlier this week, the incomparable LSU Freek turned that footage into a GIF of Blount knocking out Peyton Manning.

As usual, Freek nailed it. The faces he used for Manning before and after he got punched were priceless. Since this is the same guy who brought us the incredible Andy Reid Kool-Aid man GIF and that Charlie Strong “Blazing Saddles” GIF, we’re not surprised he’s done it again. Freek produces pure gold.

H/T Unathletic via SI Hot Clicks

Referee Garth DeFelice goes toe-to-toe with LeGarrette Blount (GIF)

Garth-DeFelice-LeGarrette-BlountLeGarrette Blount scored four — that’s right, four — touchdowns in the New England Patriots’ win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night. The former Oregon star has rushed for 355 yards and six touchdowns in his past two games and has been virtually unstoppable. Despite that, he was no match for referee Garth DeFelice.

Tempers began to flare in the fourth quarter with the Patriots up 21 points, but DeFelice was not about to let the game get out of hand. When a minor scuffle broke out, DeFelice got right in the 250-pound Blount’s face and cleared him away from the pack.

Patriots fans should be thanking DeFelice. The last thing New England needs is to be without Blount in the AFC Championship Game next week, and we know he has a history of not being able to control his temper. DeFelice was doing everyone a favor.

GIF via Yahoo! Sports
H/T Alex Kennedy

LeGarrette Blount: I asked Ray Lewis for permission to do his dance

LeGarrette Blount Ray Lewis danceNew England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount busted out the Ray Lewis dance after scoring a touchdown during his team’s win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Most Ravens fans took it as a sign of disrespect, and you can understand why. However, Blount insists he got permission from Lewis.

“There was excitement, you know what I’m saying?” Blount told reporters after the game, via CBS Boston. “The last one, Ray Lewis, no disrespect. Respect. I love him. I’ve talked to him a few times, and I asked if I could do that before I did it.”

That may sound hard to believe, but Blount claims Lewis gave him his blessing.

“Out of respect for him … I talked to him one of the last times I played him, and I had his phone number still from doing a couple of appearances with him, so I asked him a while ago,” Blount added.

Perhaps Lewis thought Blount was joking, because I can’t imagine he would ever give a player permission to do his trademark dance in front of the fans that worshipped him for 17 seasons. And Blount isn’t even the first player to do it this year. If nothing else, I’m sure Blount was with another team when he had that discussion with Lewis. I bet the conversation would have been much different if he asked Lewis as a member of the Patriots.